Georgia Bulldogs at less than full strength for Outback Bowl

TAMPA – Greetings from Raymond James Stadium. It is an absolutely gorgeous day for football. It’s relatively cool for here, 64 degrees, with blustery conditions that possibly could impact the kicking game. But it’s clear and sunny and pretty much beautiful.

I was pretty surprised and impressed by the crowds that have shown up for the game. Traffic was backed up from the stadium all the way down Dale Mabry Boulevard and onto I-275 two hours before the game. Just based on flags and banners it looked fairly evenly distributed between the green of Michigan State and the red and black of Georgia. It will be interesting to see what it looks like once all the spectators are in their seats.

As for the Bulldogs, here’s what you need to know as we prepare for kickoff:

  • Redshirt freshman Ken “Boo” Malcome of Decatur is slated to get the second start of his career at tailback. Malcome beat out Isaiah Crowell, Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas during bowl practices to earn the nod. Malcome last started the Georgia Tech game. Samuel and Crowell are coming off of ankle injuries. And, yes, Crowell is present and accounted for.
  • Georgia will be without two of its top defensive players today. Linebacker Michael Gilliard, who is tied for second on the team with 65 tackles, is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury. But based on his lack of work the past three weeks, I don’t expect to see him in the game. He’ll be replaced at Mike linebacker by former starter Christian Robinson. Starting defensive end DeAngelo Tyson is definitely out with an ankle injury suffered against Georgia Tech. Sophomore Garrison Smith of Atlanta will fill in, as he did in the SEC title game.
  • For Michigan State, wide receiver Bennie Fowler and linebacker TyQuan Hammock are out with injuries.
  • It will be the final UGA game today of cornerback/kick returner Brandon Boykin, center Ben Jones, tackles Justin Anderson and Cordy Glenn, tight end Aron White and fullback Bruce Figgins. It might also be the last game for juniors Orson Charles, Cornelius Washington and Bacarri Rambo, depending on what they decide with regard to entering the NFL draft.
  • Georgia is 3-0 in the Outback Bowl but 3-1 in Tampa. The Bulldogs lost to Boston College 27-24 in the inaugural Hall of Fame bowl in 1986.

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Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:35 pm

I’ll say it….1st!

Kingdawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:36 pm

W for the DAWGS !!!!!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:37 pm

Chip- you make those headlines just for the clicks right? You tease, you tease….

Bogey

January 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

In the words of boxing referee Mills Lane, “Let’s get it on.”

dap01

January 2nd, 2012
12:42 pm

Headlines ???????

Garner

January 2nd, 2012
12:43 pm

Ready to see Malcome bulldoze his way today. He ran hard against LSU.

Finchdawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

That stinks about Tyson being gone, considering he’s a senior. Rough way to finish a career. I hope Smith can play like he did against Tech.

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January 2nd, 2012
12:50 pm

Oh no the UGa fans are getting the READY built in excuse ready right now.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:52 pm

Smart-

14 POINT blown 4th quarter lead with 10 minutes left and your offense specializes in a manor in which it should have been able to run the clock out. I think smack talking privledges are on suspension at this juncture.

DIT

January 2nd, 2012
12:57 pm

Have a gut feeling that Samuel will end up having the better day of all RB’s.
Why am I nervous about what kind of day Murray is going to have?
I see it did not take long for tekies to jump on board.
Sad thing about it is that I was pulling for them. Even yelled at the TV, meaning getting into the game for them, while most tekies on this blog are more concerned about what UGA does instead of what needs correcting over at their program.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:03 pm

LOW Hold your TONGUE until UGa does better. 6-7 UGa and Tech last year with both losing their bowl games. you are a lil premature today.

Murray Is a Heisman trophy canidate according to CHUCKY, but WHO has Murray beat? Well, a team that was GOOD. Like you say GT don’t count.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
1:04 pm

John Gruden said ” Aaron Murray future Hesiman Trophy candidate”. The man who knows a ton of football said it….so get over yourselfs AM haters!

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January 2nd, 2012
1:04 pm

To HELL with BRADLEY the POS Chicken PUNK. he is a KentSUCKY wildkitty anyway.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
1:05 pm

Smart-

Why I said they where suspended not revoked!!!! :)

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:06 pm

Chucky Gruden knows so much his bro was an Arena Football Champ QB and he doesn’t have a J.O.B in football right now with ALL the great Job openings.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:07 pm

Conference USA refs. Interesting choice.

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Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
1:09 pm

Smart—

The comment is in relationship to how many of the bloggers are so enamored with Gruden. When everyone wanted Richt gone his name came up within t he blink of a eye.

Also about Gruden? I dare say any opening that arrived in College he could have had the job. In the Pro’s he could essentially pick his spot. Stop the madness….

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A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:16 pm

LOW I said Chucky is a good coach.

I LOVE MURRAY said UGA will be competing for a BCS MNC next year. Isn’t that every year in the Dawg nation Mind? MURRAY the best 3/4 game QB in the country. he will get the base and 1 leg of the Heisman trophy.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:16 pm

Safety good D play.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
1:17 pm

You’re terrible……LOL!

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January 2nd, 2012
1:20 pm

USC has a Safety too and about to score to go up 8 to 6

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:21 pm

USC on the 1 foot line

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:22 pm

usc STILL NOT IN AND 4TH AN INCHES

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:23 pm

isn’t it about time for an INT or Fumble?

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January 2nd, 2012
1:24 pm

BOO BOO BOO got Spooked for a 3 yrd loss

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:25 pm

Charles BUSTED for no 1st Down. 4th and 2. Got to do the FALCONS FG thing in the red zone. Looks like last year against UCF

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January 2nd, 2012
1:26 pm

USC 9 v Nebraska 6.

Tim

January 2nd, 2012
1:27 pm

Crowell will transfer. Write it down.

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Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
1:28 pm

No originality….

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:29 pm

Stuffed like a thanksgiving turkey. Wait stuffed like a BOBO turkey

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:29 pm

TIM I would add Mason to that list too

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A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:30 pm

LOW you get what you get with BOBO and you have seen it all year.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:31 pm

good pressure and he still make the pass

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
1:32 pm

Well that play from Richt you wonder if it is still not reactionary from last year and the bowl with UCF. I admit I wanted them to go for it,but man spread them out creat a lane for a back or AM.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:32 pm

Reverse was eaten UP bad. Nice D dawgs

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A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:33 pm

Great punt by Nebraska to the USC 5.
UGa with a Blitz for the sack to a PUNT.
UGa on the 11

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
1:33 pm

and according to 4.29 Ogletree should be at Safety….wow!

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January 2nd, 2012
1:34 pm

USC penalty give the ball back to the CornHolers and now they are about to score.

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A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:35 pm

Cornholers with a TD.
Conner Shaw is in a game and will have to PLAY BIG

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
1:36 pm

I think I just saw Garcia in the stands watching the USC game.

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January 2nd, 2012
1:37 pm

LOW ahaha he is in a BAR and you know it.
CROWELL is not STRONG enough to be an SEC back against the Bama and LSU’s.
No gain Murray.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:38 pm

NICE catch. the DB tripped and that got KING the break he needed. Nice

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 2nd, 2012
1:40 pm

Crowell will definetly benefit from a full year of S&C and the arrival of Marshall. Helluva pass and catch.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
1:40 pm

Time for CROWELL to GO. he is like MURRAY. he does good against BAD teams.